Our unions represent thousands of working men and women whose jobs often depend on investment in construction and maintenance in Florida’s Gulf Coast region. Based on projections made by Florida agencies and private sector industries, we are extremely concerned that the high cost of implementing these new regulations will lead directly to a reduction in new investment and construction jobs in our state. #

As previously reported by The Florida Independent, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (the agency that is, like its name suggests, tasked with protecting the environment from nutrients and pollutants) once supplied lawmakers with numbers written by these very industries, when asked how much the standards may cost Florida businesses. Internal emails revealed that those estimates were disputed within the department. #

The value of these safeguards is a no-brainer when weighed against the significant economic costs of pollution and of doing nothing. #

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